Sunday, June 25, 2017

Sonny Perdue will have his hands full considering America’s slipping hold on the global farm trade and President Trump's clear anti-trade stances.

The top bosses at ag-centered commodity groups and federally-chartered checkoff agencies had far better recent years than the farmers they claim to serve.

Art Cullen of the Storm Lake Times won journalism’s highest honor for a series of 10 editorials on why Iowa “has the dirtiest surface water in America.”

Farm and ranch groups are now less social and more tribal. Many have a “we’re-right, you’re-wrong” view of farm and food tech, policy and their customers.

In the end, no amount of “stuff” could ever equal Alan Guebert's father's good health, abiding friends, deep faith and 89 years to enjoy it all.

Still, the goal now is the same as then: provide the best health care with the most choice to the largest number of Americans at the fairest price.

Lenders will continue to grow, merge and make whale-sized loans unless the farm, ranch and rural owners of the Farm Credit System begin to question them.

System banks more than doubled their lending, increased their share of U.S ag debt by half and rose to dominate ag lending.

The 2018 farm bill has left the barn. Where it goes from here is impossible to guess.

If Obamacare needs to be fixed, fix it. If it needs to be fully replaced, replace it. Break it though, and more than 20 million Americans will suffer.
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